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SBD/January 22, 2013/Franchises
Wild Fans Appear To Be Moving On From Lockout And Embracing Team's Excitement
Published January 22, 2013
ZACH ATTACK: In North Dakota, Brad Schlossman noted the Wild “introduced a new superstar this weekend” with Parise, and he has been “much easier for fans to love” than other stars who have played for the team. Marian Gaborik, who played for the Wild from '01-09, was the "only superstar" the team ever had, but fans were "never able to fully embrace" him. Meanwhile, there are “many factors that make Parise easy for fans to love.” He is a “native Minnesotan” and played college hockey “in front of many Wild fans” while at the Univ. of North Dakota. Parise “chose to return home during the offseason, despite the fact that other teams reportedly offered more money.” Fans also “enjoy players who aren’t afraid to mix it up or get their nose dirty, and Parise’s game is anything but perimeter.” He received a “huge ovation when he was announced” as the game’s No. 2 star after Sunday's win (GRAND FORKS HERALD, 1/21).